FOH Photo’s “Shit that made 2016 tolerable” Post – part III


Part I

Part II

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to increase my wordiness. I don’t enjoy writing, especially about live music. There is no way I can properly convey the sheer energy, enjoyment or spectacle with my verbage. First of all, I have no business critiquing any live performance. However I do want to share my enthusiasm in some way.That’s why I take photos. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s what this whole FOH deal is about!

I didn’t do a count of all the shows I covered this year, but there was alot. My travels took me to the deep south in Tennesee to our beautifully bland nation’s capital, brought to life by the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and remaining two Monkees! Between the clubs, arenas, theatres, main stages, tents and radio stations, I’ve been everywhere, man.

As i stated above, I do not like the written description of live music. I will probably cut and paste this whole preamble across the 4-post recap. The photos chosen represent some of my favourite acts, experiences, visual performances and just the general vibe that i took away from 2016. This isn’t a ranked list, and all acts get equal billing. That’s not to say there aren’t a few personal highlights.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself in the middle of a set because the experience is so surreal. Not only bearing witness to, but being privileged to capture some of my musical heroes and world icons, well it’s beyond words. Robert Plant, The Who, Noel Gallagher, Pearl Jam, Flea, Stevie Nicks…musicians I have admired and enjoyed for decades in various forms, I can add them to my ever-growing collection of digital memories.

The standout of the year has to be, no shocker, The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour. Much as been said about Gord Downie’s work over the year and I do not intend to dilute those words with my own. The experience and privilege was to say the least, humbling.

I’ve already said too much! Just look at the photos. If you like what you see, please feel free to share, tag, reblog or fax them around. Another year goes by and another year I am thankful for all of the readers, followers, friends, supporters and outlets that have allowed me to keep on rollin’. Special thanks to A Music Blog, Yea?, Q107/Edge 102.1, Spill Magazine, Canadian Musician, and Polaris Music Prize for the opportunities and trust.


The Tragically Hip, Hamilton ON August 16, 2016



SATE – Bovine Sex Club, NXNE

Fulfilled. Satisfied to the fullest. Satiated. Sate.

If you were part of the packed crowd at the Bovine Sex Club during this set, on a sweltering, stank night, you wouldn’t feel any other way.

SATE took the stage for a short but intense set just before midnight, tearing through new material from her Red Black & Blue EP’s

With a heavy dose of rock with the funkiest, frenetic grooves, the band barely took a breather for the entire 30 minutes.

And when it was over, not a dry pore in the house.

SATE is always evolving, growing, challenging expectations. And delivering. Oh, she delivers.

The aural assault on the senses from the stage is like a hard slap to the face followed by a sweet kiss to soothe the sting. Trust me. It’s a great feeling!

Listen to “Warrior” below and check out Sate July 11th at Harbourfront and during TURF this September.

And if you already don’t yet, You’re gonna know her name.

Saidah Baba Talibah – Cherry Cola’s, Toronto

Cherry Cola’s Rock n’ Rolla Cabaret is the perfect setting for the sweaty, sexy, and downright sleazy soulful funk Saidah Baba Talibah lays down. Once she’s through with you, she not only leaves you feeling dirty in the finest way possible, but alive, electric and definitely wanting more!

I felt privileged to witness this spectacle in the small confines of a downtown club. I know she’s on to bigger and better things very soon.

Check out her music and videos on her website, and if you like what you see, and hear, be sure to join on her on her latest journey and contribute to her latest campaign.

Little Foot Long Foot – The Bovine Sex Club, Toronto

It was a bittersweet night at The Bovine, a club that probably doesn’t see it’s fair share of melancholy. One of my favourite local bands, Little Foot Long Foot played its final show with drummer Isaac Klein, who is leaving the band to tend to new fatherly duties. Performing as part of Music City North’s Queen Street festival, presented by Two Way Monologues, Little Foot Long Foot ended it with a bang!

As sad as it is to see ISaac go, I’m definitely intrigued to see what Joan has in store.

Congratulations and all the best to Isaac!

Check out their website for tour dates, videos, music and merch here

For more info about Music City North, visit their facebook page